Infinity Park: iconic sculpture installed at £11.8m Innovation Centre

Posted: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:30

Infinity Park: iconic sculpture installed at £11.8m Innovation Centre

The construction of Derby's £200 million Infinity Park reached a significant milestone today as an iconic piece of artwork was installed at the site's Innovation Centre.

A ceremony this afternoon saw the 18-metre-high sculpture erected in front of guests and stakeholders.

Made from two twisted jet blades of polished steel, the structure symbolises the union of office and workshop space. It marked a significant moment in the development of the Infinity Park project, a partnership between Derby City Council, Rolls-Royce, the Harpur Crewe Estate and joint developers Cedar House Investments, Peveril Securities and Wilson Bowden Developments.

The sculpture is the height of five double-decker buses and towers over the Innovation Centre, which is being constructed by Derby firm GF Tomlinson.

When opened, the £11.8 million building will match up-and-coming, hi-tech engineering firms with some of the brightest and best minds from the world of academia, demonstrating the region's position as the UK's centre for transport engineering. A team of four people at Chris Bramall Ltd, in Ulverston, Cumbria, took seven months to create the sculpture, which will sit in a pond at the entrance of the centre.

Director Chris Bramall said:

"It's been a pleasure and a challenge to deliver such a powerful design which represents the future of engineering for aeroplanes, turbines and construction.

"Engineering is the essence of what we do so, when we were approached by GF Tomlinson to create the sculpture, we were honoured to be part of the innovative project.

"It's one of the biggest projects we've worked on. It's fantastic to see it on site and part of the Innovation Centre."

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